Thu, 19 Mar 2020
Written by Fr John Dickson in 2013, this history looks at the arrival and development of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Great Britain, beginning with the youthful dream of St Dominic Savio.
Tue, 17 Mar 2020
Fr David O'Malley SDB has produced a resource for use at home, especially during the coronavirus restrictions.
This short prayer pattern follows the shape of the mass and allows you to participate in a homely prayer. It invites Jesus into your home and into your lives for the coming week. It is designed for families and couples, but it can also be used by individuals who have had to self-isolate and anyone who cannot be at Sunday Eucharist.
Saint Mary Mazzarello, co-founder of the Salesian sisters, found it difficult to get to church sometimes through work or illness. Instead, she would sit by the window in her attic, from where she could see the parish church and bring the church into her home. This prayer helps you to do the same.
Please share it with family, friends, students, parishioners and anyone who will find it helpful.
Tue, 17 Mar 2020
The Feast of Mary Help of Christians, a great feast in the Salesian calendar, is observed on 24th May. We invite you to join us in praying a novena in her honour, from 15 - 23 May, although these prayers can be said at any time, and are often used to ask for Our Lady's help in any difficulty.
Mon, 16 Mar 2020
In 1858 Pope Pius IX asked Don Bosco to write about his life and work. Don Bosco was slow to respond, out of humility or perhaps sheer lack of time, but after a more explicit command in 1867 he started the 'Memoirs of the Oratory'. The book gives a fascinating insight into Don Bosco's thought and has been the basis of much further study.
The published English edition, with introduction and footnotes, is out of print, but you can download it as a pdf here.
Mon, 17 Feb 2020
Fri, 31 Jan 2020
A set of Advent resource sheets based on Baptised and Sent, (Salesian Mission Sector, Rome). Readings, Salesian reflections, prayer and activities centred on our personal call to mission, inspired by the centenary of On the centenary of Maximum Illud, Pope Benedict XV's letter to the Church on carrying the Gospel message throughout the world.
Wed, 22 Jan 2020
Novena asking for Don Bosco's intercession in asking God to make us better and more compassionate advocates for the young. The novena is traditionally prayed in the 9 days leading to his feast on 31 January, but can be said at any time. This version is based on the book 'A Salesian Way of Life' by Fr David O'Malley SDB.